Monday, October 23, 2006

Just to let everyone know:

I've set up a MediaWiki at We'll be using this for our object file library site, . Currently "" doesn't point at the server,, but I have every expectation we'll sort that out shortly.

You are welcome to log onto it, upload files onto it, try to break it, etc. I'm going to be working on it quite a bit, but it should be fairly stable. Features, bug fixes, etc, will be in no small part community-driven, so please email me if it doesn't do what you want. Also email me at (penguin at supermeta dot I-hate-spam-too-so-delete-this-bit dot com) if you want administrator access or an ssh account on the server.

Edit: If you want to help work on the site, let me know - the more the merrier!

What standards should be put in place over file formats? Should there be guidelines (eg "As a minimum, all objects must be provided in XXX format - additional formats may also be provided").

What is the minimum standard of documentation for objects placed here? (eg: It should say how big the object is - and how much plastic it's going to use - and what kind of precision is demanded of the 3D printer in order for the finished object to fulfil it's purpose). There should always be an image of (a) The finished object and (b) the parts of the objects as they come out of the RepRap. This will help people do decide whether they want to build it - and to verify that their RepRap machine actually build all of the parts you need. It would be nice to have a 'feedback' section where people who actually built the object could report on whether it's actually a workable design or not. Establishing a minimum standard for this docuementation should be done sooner rather than later or else the effort level in fixing up a bazillion objects will make this a major pain.

Should pictures of objects be standardized 3D renderings from the actual model file - or should they be photographs of finished objects?

You should probably set up a system of 'Category:' setups (like on Wikipedia) so that users just have to stick a category name in curly braces at the bottom of the page describing their object in order to get it added to the appropriate categories.
(Oh - yeah - I have a 3D Tux the Penguin model to get you started. What file format do you want?)
We'll try to answer 3D_geek's points asap. Meanwhile, should now point at the site.
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